Mayor Bloomberg was among the elected officials who celebrated the reopening, and he said today in his radio address, "I don’t think we could have re-opened the statue on a more appropriate date...The Statue of Liberty represents those ideals both to Americans and to countless people around the world."
NYC.gov details the work that went into the landmark's reopening:
Parks workers from around the nation—along with the New York City Parks Department - worked hard to reopen the statue The repairs to Liberty Island included taking major steps to protect the island from major coastal storms in the future. During a typical year, the Statue of Liberty has an average of 3.8 million visitors—including usually close to half a million during July alone. About 2,200 New Yorkers' jobs are supported by the Statue of Liberty.